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Olderich Manfred II, Count of Susa

Male 992 - 1034  (42 years)


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  • Name Olderich Manfred II 
    Suffix Count of Susa 
    Born 992 
    Gender Male 
    History Olderich Manfred II was born in 992, the son of Manfredo I, count of Susa and Prangorda of Reggio. He was the count of Turin and margrave of Susa in the early eleventh century, one of the most powerful Italian barons of his time.

    Olderich inherited a vast march centred on Turin, which had been created from the lands of Arduino Glabrio (died 977). By a charter dated 31 July 1001, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III confirmed his possessions and granted him several privileges. This grant was requested by _Hugonis marchionis,_ probably Hugo, margrave of Tuscany.

    In 1014 Olderich married Berte d\'Este of the Obertenghi, daughter of Margrave Oberto Obizzo II. That year Emperor Heinrich II confirmed their joint donation to the abbey of Fruttuaria. Olderich and Berte had three daughters who would all have progeny: Adelaide with Hermann, Herzog von Schwaben; Irmingard with Otto, Herzog von Schwaben, Markgraf von Schweinfurt; and Berta with Teotone/Oddone, margrave of Vasto.

    Olderich, immediately upon his succession, began to consolidate his power in relation to Arduin of the March of Ivrea on the one hand and the Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II on the other. In the fight over the _regnum Italcum,_ he gained a great deal of territory at the expense of the Eporedian march. By the preserved notarial deeds of a priest named Sigifred (1021 and 1031), a precise catalogue of the cities under his control can be known: Turin, Ivrea, Albenga, Ventimiglia, Auriate, Tortona, and Vercelli. In all the wars between Arduin and Heinrich, Olderich prudently avoided any confrontation with the two leaders and gradually extended his territories by arms (he was at war with Boniface I, marquis of Tuscany, in 1016) and by increasing his authority within his proper domains. In 1024, following the death of Heinrich, he opposed the election of Konrad II and instead invited Guillaume V \'le Grand\', duc d\'Aquitaine to take the Italian throne, but to no avail.

    Though his capital was Turin, Olderich rarely resided in that strategic but small city. He lived an itinerant life typical for an early eleventh century feudal lord, moving from castle to castle in order to maintain his control and to administer his dominions. His daughter Adelaide abandoned Turin as a capital and the itinerant lifestyle, and set up house in Susa.

    Olderich restored the old church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Susa and the monastery of Novalesa. He constructed a new monastery in Susa and the cathedral of San Giusto (in 1029). He fortified the villages of Exilles and Bardonecchia. He died at Turin on 29 October 1034, and was buried there in the cathedral of San Giovanni.  [1
    Died 29 Oct 1034  torino Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1903  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2018 

    Father Manfredo I, Count of Susa,   b. 950,   d. Abt 1000  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Prangorda, of Reggio 
    Married 991 
    Family ID F1195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Berte d'Este,   d. 1029 
    Married 1010 
    Children 
    +1. Adelaide De Suse,   b. 1015-1020, Turin, Piemont, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1091, Canischio, Piemont, Italy, age 76 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Berte d'Este,   d. 1029 
    Married 1010 
    Children 
    +1. Irmingard de Susa,   d. 28 Jan 1078  [putative]
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Berte d'Este,   d. 1029 
    Children 
    +1. Berta de Susa
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00027350&tree=LEO.